One More Dinar is only 3lb higher than when winning this last year but has been pulled up in both starts this term. Billy Blade didn't take to fences first time around while it's usually worth opposing Kilvergan Boy and Kirkhammerton, though the latter is thrown in on his best form. TORNANT has had 14 runs over hurdles and three over fences and is still awaiting a first victory. However, he showed a bit more last time when third at Ffos Las and Conor Ring is an accomplished conditional so he gets the nod. Laughing Game is thoroughly exposed but still preferred to Oranger of the others.
Kilvergan Boy (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Chased clear leading trio, went modest 3rd after 7th, never on terms after, distant 3rd when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Wild Ground (10-6) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Billy Blade 14-1 (11-8) In rear and keen, ridden and headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 10, 14l behind Copper Carroll (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
One More Dinar 20-1 (9-12) Prominent until jumped slowly 4th, not fluent 6th, not fluent and struggling from 10th, behind 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Incentivise (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 6 ran.
Tornant (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Settled towards rear, headway 5th, soon chasing leaders, effort after 4 out, soon under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Landenstown Star (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Oranger (FR) 15-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, jumped left and not fluent 7th, ridden after next, lost place before 9th, not fluent 11th, soon behind, left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Thedreamstillalive (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Kirkhammerton (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in 4th, not fluent 3rd, chased leading pair after 10th, ridden before 12th, no impression, 3rd of 5, well behind Royaume Bleu (11-3) at Towcester 3m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) sft in Dec.
Laughing Game 11-1 (9-9) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway and in touch in 5th at 7th, mistake 9th, blundered 4 out, went 3rd next, well held when blundered 2 out, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Beware Chalk Pit (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Feeling Peckish (USA) 16-1 (9-4) Led, reminders 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 6, 25l behind Killimore Cottage (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Duke Of Ormond (IRE) 13-2 (10-2) Chased leaders until lost place 11th, outpaced in rear and no chance after, blundered 2 out, went poor 5th last, 5th of 8, 27l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.